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The Mountain in My Shoe

Published Date: 10th February 2016

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Description

A missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself …

On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she’s leaving, he doesn’t come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she’s befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor’s foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband’s secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all.

Exquisitely written and deeply touching, The Mountain in My Shoe is both a gripping psychological thriller and a powerful and emotive examination of the meaning of family … and just how far we’re willing to go for the people we love.

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‘Wow! The Mountain in my Shoe has a gentle start but my goodness it packs a punch. I was in tears at the end … a moving and powerful book’ Jane Lythell, author of Woman of the Hour

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‘Louise Beech’s characters jump off the page with their unique and utterly convincing voices … a rich, psychologically profound novel about overcoming adversity and finding our own strength, and I’ll be mighty surprised if it doesn’t fly straight into the bestseller lists. It’s a masterpiece’ Gill Paul, author of The Secret Wife

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‘Louise Beech proves with this incredibly moving story that the success of her debut How To Be Brave – a 2015 Guardian Readers’ Pick – was no flash in the pan. This is a novel that tugs at the soul – it’s about the importance of family, of a proper home, and the fact that even the darkest of characters have some good in them, somewhere. A fabulous, exquisitely written novel which will stay with you for a long time after you turn the final page’

David Young, author of Stasi Child

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‘Louise Beech’s excellent debut was an examination of what it means to be brave. In her second novel, The Mountain In My Shoe, Beech revisits this topic, this time tackling the dark and difficult subjects of abandonment and abuse. This is a wonderful, nuanced book, which while probing the damage wreaked by absence and neglect, also explores the power of love and hope, the redemptive possibilities of family and friendship and what it means to be truly “home”. It made me laugh and cry by turns. I loved it’  Melissa Bailey, author of Beyond the Sea

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‘This gripping story is the kind of book to put your life on hold for. The book is full of beautiful descriptions, images and observations, and is hauntingly poignant, while also managing to keep a relentless tension and pace. It is a book about people trying to do the right thing in the hardest of circumstances, about loss, about love and about being brave even when all hope is gone. I was in floods of tears by the end and know that the characters will stay with me for a very long time. A worthy successor to the brilliant How To Be Brave, and I don’t say that lightly. Read it’
Katie Marsh, author of A Life Without You

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The Mountain in My Shoe is a different kind of book, but it does have echoes of the author’s debut in that it is about the relationship between a child with needs and an adult who also needs mending. It is cleverly laced with a chilling and gripping storyline about a controlling, possibly psychotic husband. I couldn’t put it down. Louise Beech is an author who writer with her heart on her sleeve’ Fleur Smithwick, author of One Little Mistake

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‘An exquisite novel. Darkly compelling emotionally charged. And I LOVED it!’ Jane Isaac (Author)

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‘With great compassion for all her characters, Louise Beech deftly creates a story of the survival of life’s sorrows which, with a little help, can lead ultimately to joy.’ The Irish Times

Author

Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.  She is also part of the Mums’ Army on Lizzie and Carl’s BBC Radio Humberside Breakfast Show.

Online Reviews

 

 ‘Exquisitely written and deeply touching, The Mountain in My Shoe is both a gripping psychological thriller and a powerful and emotive examination of the meaning of family … and just how far we’re willing to go for the people we love.’ The Prime Writers

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‘The author has an innate ability to make you care about and feel deeply for all her characters, a deft touch in writing about emotions and relationships, while also producing a real page-turner of a story … For me, this book wasn’t so much about the story at its centre but about the hopes, dreams and futures of the people who are part of it. Above all, it was about what might happen when the excitement is over – when Bernadette and Conor have overcome the mountains, and deserve a happy ending so much that you ache in the hope that it might happen. You may put the book down when it ends, but it will remain in your thoughts for a very long time thereafter.’ Being Anne

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‘The Mountain in My Shoe is a wonderful story of a young boy who has been passed from pillar to post in the care system and his befriender – the book is, as expected, beautifully written, the story is wonderfully crafted and the characters, right from the lead players through to the local taxi driver, are fabulously brought to life with Louise Beech’s talent and ability to make you care. Two weeks after finishing the book I am still thinking about what might now be happening in their lives. I can’t recommend this book highly enough – it truly is ‘the whole package’ – unreserved 5 stars’ Goodreads

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‘An intriguing, moving, and absolutely captivating family drama. Louise Beech uses a variety of methods to tell this story, each isolated yet linked, and perfectly placed. It’s the unexpected small offerings, that might at first seem insignificant, that really set this story on fire for me. As I was swept up, as the links started to weld together, as the story came to a vibrantly intense conclusion, I found goosebumps settling on my arms. ‘The Mountain in My Shoe’ is expressive yet subtle, heart-wrenching yet tender, and I found it to be an unexpectedly beautiful read.’

Love Reading

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The Mountain in my Shoe made me ask a lot of questions about the characters that I grew to love, all for different reasons. Filled with twists and and emotionally charged this is an appealing, beautiful and compelling read. It is also a haunting and soul-stirring tale that Beech has told with humility and feeling. A highly poignant tale of the Care system and abuse within a marriage, Beech has written a tale that makes the reader think, cry and while this is a fantastic fictional story, the genuine reality of the lives within the pages are perfectly told, I was left feeling very lucky to have the life I have.’ Postcard Reviews

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‘Louise is such an emotive writer, you can’t help but get wrapped up in the characters and their lives. There is a certain beauty and magic to her words which resulted in me loving this psychological thriller as much as her contemporary fiction. I’m glad to have found a new favourite author in Louise.’ Bibliophile Book Club

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‘This is a fascinating page turner that wrenches at your insides. It’s dark, compelling and highly thought provoking and left me with tears rolling down my cheeks. The story and characters will linger on long after you’ve finished reading the final page. Another book that I’ll be recommending to the world – repeatedly and relentlessly. I can’t wait to see what Louise Beech comes up with next.’ Off The Shelf Books

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Louise was selected as The Shipping Forecast’s Author of the month

Louise does a new book release interview with Jane Isaac – Read it here

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‘The Mountain in My Shoe is beautifully written, weaving together both the back story and current narrative seamlessly and the entries in the lifebook was a beautiful touch to really bring Conor to life. I loved the characters in this book, Bernadette is a strong woman who has been stifled by Richard, Anne is the type of foster parent that you wished all children in care could have and Conor is a wonderful little boy who has gone through a lot but still is able to see the good in people and situations. I also loved Bob, Bernadette’s dutiful taxi driver who listens and looks out for Bernadette in the fleeting time that he spends with her every other week. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from Louise Beech.’ Have Books Will Read

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‘It truly tugged at my heartstrings but all the while balancing that emotion with a promise of hope. I know that writers are advised to “show” readers not tell them  and with her soft, almost poetic writing style Louise Beech makes her characters and settings as real to the reader as if they were there on the page with them. This stunning book will stay with me for quite some time to come.’ My Chestnut Tree Reading

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‘I really admired this author’s writing in How To Be Brave, she has a delicate touch, yet her story telling is so incredibly strong. I hoped for the same with The Mountain in My Shoe. Sometimes, and only sometimes, a book can touch the most hidden parts of the mind, evoking emotions and memories that may have been stored away for a long time. That is what happened when I read The Mountain in My Shoe.’ Random Things Through My Letterbox

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Read Louise’s guest post on Mumbling About, as part of her The Mountain in my Shoe blog tour Mumbling About

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‘I cannot recommend this book highly enough.  If you wish to be moved deeply and taken on a gripping and beautiful exploration of love, loss and the power of emotional connection then I can suggest nothing better than reading this powerful and beautiful story.  I simply adored it.  When is the next one out?!’ Shaz’s Book Blog

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Louise writes a piece on The Mountain in My Shoe. The Irish Times

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‘A chilling tale of parental neglect and the difficulties of navigating the social care system, seen through the eyes of a young boy (also called Conor, incidentally). The ‘lifebook’ is an inspired method for conveying all the different stories and voices present in Conor’s life, and the quite dry factual content of many of the entries merely make the sadness all the more palpable, while avoiding sentimentality.’ Finding Time to Write

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‘This is an incredible story, which tugged at my heart and made me fall in love with Conor. The writing is intense and moving. We see some pretty heart breaking events unfolding, from the insight into an unhappy marriage to the past history of a vulnerable little boy. I loved. I cared. I wept. Do NOT miss out on this book. A Mountain in My Shoe is a class act! Highly recommended.’ Northern Crime

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‘The author makes good use of the surrounding to represent the characters too.  Bernadette lives in a cold, soul-less, unappealing home, she mentions this many times, and this it transpires is the life she has been living. Although I wasn’t sitting on the edge of my seat with the thriller element, it kept me gripped and engaged enough.  It was the two beautifully developed characters that drew me in – I felt real warmth and affection for them.’

The Very Pink Notebook

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‘Louise Beech has the ability to make you care about characters you’ve only known for a few pages, or even paragraphs. I loved the cab driver and also Mark, even though they didn’t play a big part in the story. How is that possible? Well, it takes a truly gifted writer to be able to achieve that … Don’t miss this book if you want to read an emotional psychological novel and an unforgettable story about friendship and family. Can’t wait for the next one, Louise!’ The Misstery

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‘Conor was an amazing character, I loved the chapters that he narrated. They showed a need to trust, to love and be loved and also an amazing sense of humour. What was absent was a level of self-pity, he just accepted that his life was a little different to other people. He showed anger but also remorse for any hurt he caused. There were twists and heartbreak but also friendship and love in another fantastic and heartwarming novel from Louise Beech.’

Steph’s Book Blog

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‘As a story, ‘The Mountain in my Shoe’ is well paced and totally absorbing. Once again, Louise has taken difficult human situations and skilfully used them to breathe life into her characters. The resulting emotional rollercoaster is likely to bring tears to your eyes as, one by one, startling revelations are drip fed into the narrative, but at the same time its resolution is uplifting. I urge everyone to read it.’ Sheila Rawlings

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Louise talks about The Mountain in My Shoe as part of her blog tour Lucy V Hay

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Read Louise’s Guest post on part of her blog tour The Quiet Knitter

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‘There are so many moving scenes when you might find a lump in your throat as you are reading. The author has written such a captivating book which had me completely involved in the characters’ lives.  Although it has some very emotional scenes, it’s ultimately an uplifting read about love and its power to change people’s lives in so many ways.’ Portobello Book Blog

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‘The mystery element serves the story in a way that not many writers can pull off – it is not the mystery it is how the characters deal with it that counts here, the slow emergence of their own acceptance and their own life journey.Clever writing. Beautiful storytelling. Louise Beech is one of only a handful of authors out there at the moment that I genuinely believe people will still be reading in 100 years long after we are all gone.’

Liz Loves Books

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‘Louise Beech has woven stories together beautifully to give an exceedingly rich, emotionally charged narrative that moves the reader more and more with each chapter. Her ability to switch the narrative voice to suit each character is truly magnificent.’ Segnalibro

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Louise and Allison Baille talk about crime as part of Louise’s Blog Tour This Crime Book

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‘Many reviews you will read of The Mountain in my Shoe will focus on the emotion, the character love and the relationships angles. I loved the mystery. The missing husband, the secrets, the shocking twist in the tale.  It is a wonderfully layered story – a great domestic thriller and a powerful tale of relationships and family. Eye-opening, traumatic and totally engaging…The Mountain in my Shoe should be on your reading list.’ Grab This Book

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Read a snippet of The Mountain in my Shoe as part of the Blog Tour Chillers, Killers and Thrillers

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Here’s an interview with Louise as part of her Blog Tour Crime Thriller Girl

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Louise talks about The Mountain In my Shoe on BBC Radio

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‘You cannot help but to fall in love these two. What beautiful characters! Beech writes them to perfection. In fact the whole book is perfect. A delicately dictated story which intertwines several threads, twists and turns, playing with every emotion you have and then toying with them a little bit more! This is a brilliant book and I highly recommend that you get this bought and read as soon as possible!’ Emma the little Book Worm

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‘Louise Beech writes with such a grace and elegance. There is a real empathy between those lines, but also an urgency that demands the story to be read and a spark that keeps the story real. It is hard not to be enchanted by her work. If you only have time to read one book, I would say you should read this one, as this author is going to make my top reads for the second year in a row.’ Reflections of a Reader

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‘The Mountain In My Shoe really spoke to me and at times made my heart ache. This is a book that resonated deep within my soul and moved me to the point I had to wait several days before I could put my thoughts about it to paper. It is poignant, profound and perfectly crafted…an absolute must read.’ Bloomin Brilliant Books

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Louise Talks about The Mountain In My Shoe as part of her Blog Tour Care Leavers in Fiction

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‘This is a story well told, with realistic characters and a gripping plot. It explores the nature of relationships and the damage that bad ones can cause. But ultimately it offers hope and redemption through the love and support of others, whether they be family or friends.’ Jill’s Book Café

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Louise does an interview as part of being selected as The Shipping Forecast’s Author of the Month

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‘Once each character was able to accept their own pain they were able to transform themselves and those around them. It is a novel, written well and with warmth, and it is also a window into a truth that can permeate our own lives. That’s why we need good writers to tell good stories. This book is a gift. And your story can be too.’

Live Many Lives

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‘Your heart aches for a happy ending for both two souls who deserve not only stability but happiness. Then when you reach the end the story and its characters will linger deep inside you for some time after. To put this book on the bookshelf will not put the story to the back of your mind of this you can be assured. It is beautifully written and told it is heartfelt and at time sad. But read it and see for yourself why I hold Louise Beech in such high acclaim as a writer not just for today but for tomorrow and now look forward to see what she comes up with next. Outstanding.’

 The Last Word Book Review

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‘There are admissions and reasoning I would never have anticipated in The Mountain in my Shoe, and there’s so much life nestled among the pages of this boy’s early years that his special yellow book could draw breath. I was willing him to find contentment, no matter how fleeting, not only for the boy but for Bernadette, his young mum, and the countless others who find themselves in similar, distressing situations. This is an astonishing yet humbling book written with a sensitivity that cannot, and will not, fail to move you.’ Little Bookness Lane

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Louise does a guest post as part of her blog tour on Damp Pebbles

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‘Beech’s writing is terrific – the more so for the way half of it is done through summaries of official documents, reports and assessments – and the characters believable and so human … This is a powerful book, deeply readable, the kind of book that changes the reader. Please do give it a try.’ Blue Book Balloon

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‘The plot threads spiral out and are then woven back in to provide a tapestry of hurts never quite healed. In places I could not hold back the tears yet the strength found by the characters to move forward make this an uplifting read … I enjoyed this book for its compassion and perception. It is a beautiful, heartfelt read.’ Never Imitate

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The mountain in my shoe’ is a beautiful and emotive novel that will leave you wanting more.

The Welsh Librarian

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‘The narrative is voiced by both Bernadette and Conor and there are many layers to the story – the excellently drawn characters that feel so believable; the suspense element, dysfunctional relationships and families and how easily people can can take a wrong path in their lives.   Reading about children like Conor, really brings it home how fortunate many of us are to have had loving and stable family backgrounds. The Mountain in My Shoe is a fabulous book and one that has cemented Louise Beech as one of my ‘must read’ authors.’ My Reading Corner

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The Mountain In My Shoe is just a truly wonderful novel that will melt any heart. It is shrouded with mystery and with such great characters, I literally could not tear myself away from the story. It is beautifully written and an extremely touching read. Loved it.’ By The Letter Book Reviews

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‘There are admissions and reasoning I would never have anticipated in The Mountain in my Shoe, and there’s so much life nestled among the pages of this boy’s early years that his special yellow book could draw breath. I was willing him to find contentment, no matter how fleeting, not only for the boy but for Bernadette, his young mum, and the countless others who find themselves in similar, distressing situations. This is an astonishing yet humbling book written with a sensitivity that cannot, and will not, fail to move you.’ Little Bookness Lane

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‘Louise sure knows how to write ! She will take you on s rollercoaster of emotions reading this book . Reading from connors lifebook was so thought provoking and emotional . Louise wrote that with great sensitivity and warmth . This is not a easy read but it’s. Important one . For those who have had no experience or knowledge of the care system this will be a eye opener . I thank Louise for writing this book and it’s one that will stay with me . A book about courage we have in difficult times and friendship and love.’ Charlene Jess

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‘This is a beautifully written, imaginative and profound book, told from the viewpoints of Conor and Bernadette, and interspersed with sections from the lifebook, which help to explain certain things or set the scene.  Louise Beech has perfected the art of showing and not telling the reader what is happening.  Her characters are so well drawn that I felt like I got to know them and what they were thinking, and I completely empathised with the main players.’

Short Book and Scribes

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‘Other times Louise’s work seems more like tapestry than fiction. Her characters stand out from the page, like those embroidered onto a tapestry. Like the seamstress behind the tapestry, she has worked hard to put those characters in place. Every word-stitch has made them more vivid, believable and engaging.’ The Preacher’s Blog

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‘I did figure out the twist fairly early on, but that didn’t make The Mountain In My Shoe any less enjoyable. It was heartbreaking and tragic, but also beautiful. Beech writes of this emotive subject with a steady hand, and truly brings her wonderful characters to life. A must read.’ The Bandwagon

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‘This book is as close to perfection as you’ll ever get.  Louise Beech is such a talented wordsmith that it is astonishing to find that this is only her second novel, yet exciting to think what is still to come from this gifted author. The Mountain in My Shoe is a breathtaking story of a child in foster care and a marriage in crisis, and how they can both ultimately save each other.  Told from several perspectives with such distinct voices, it is both heart-breaking and heart-warming.  I’ll show my age a bit now, but as GCSEs now have an A* grade, this is one book that is definitely worthy of a 5* rating.’ The Book Magnet

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‘For me this is a 5* book because of the brilliant way author Louise Beech has of taking the reader right into the heart of the main characters. The compelling themes of what is important in life and relationships completely absorbed me.’ Trip Fiction

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Louise does a guest blog post on what inspired her to write her novels! Change Grow Live

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‘The author has delicately balanced the life of Conor and gave him a good ending. It made me happy to see how his life turned out to be because the what ifs were really scary and I couldn’t imagine how things would be if they didn’t turn out the way they did. The author’s writing and narration of Conor’s story is elegant, delicately put across and I found it hauntingly beautiful. I really look forward to reading more of her work.’  27 Book Street

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‘Written in lyrical prose, in the first and third person and interspersed with passages from Conor’s life book, this is a beautiful and deeply moving story that will live inside your head long after you have read the last page. I look forward to many more books by Louise Beech.’ Goodreads

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‘Though this book covers completely different areas of life, the writing is as strong and moving as her first book.  The insights into the life of a (fictional) foster child  are very moving as well as shocking, but with wonderful, heart warming moments too.  I love the idea of the Life Book to record events and memories – a great idea for any child, not just those in care. For me this is a 5* book because of the brilliant way author Louise Beech has of taking the reader right into the heart of the main characters.  The compelling themes of what is important in life and relationships completely absorbed me.’ Emma B Books

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‘The Mountain in my Shoe, a follow up to Beech’s debut novel How to be Brave, is beautifully told from the outset, the author’s grip of language and hauntingly original metaphor immediately drawing the reader in to both Bernadette’s and Conor’s stories. With a triple-fold narrative, the story told from both Bernadette and Conor’s points of view, punctuated with extracts from the Lifebook, the novel switches seamlessly from one voice to the next without ever pushing the reader out. Bernadette and Conor, as well as the many other fully rounded secondary characters in the novel, are not just names on a page but people, whose fates we must follow and who very quickly become part of our lives.’ Humanity Hallows

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‘Louise Beech writes with an emotional honesty and bravery that elevates her work from the crowd. She writes in a way that just manages to cut to the core – especially as a parent – every single time. Brilliant. Worth the wait, very highly recommended.’ Mumbling About

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The Mountain in my Shoe is a fascinating page turner that wrenches at your insides. It’s dark, compelling and highly thought provoking and left me with tears rolling down my cheeks. The story and characters will linger on long after you’ve finished reading the final page.’ The Mountain in my Shoe has been selected as one of Off-The-Shelf book reviews Top 15 Books of 2016! Off-The-Shelf Books

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‘I thought it may be confusing having lots of different voices but it isn’t, it works beautifully and made it a very moving book. It did make me think about how many of the aspects of this little boy’s life is so real and happening right now to many children in our communities and so after reading it, it does make you think about real issues. A very cleverly written book.’ The Mountain in my Shoe has been selected as a Top 2016 read by Needing Escapism

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The Mountain in my Shoe has been selected in the Top 10 reads of 2016 by Reflections of a Reader

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‘This is the second book by Louise Beech and it is another beautiful and skilfully crafted novel with believable characters and a moving storyline. The author has an incredible skill of bringing the characters to life and ensuring the reader is truly captivated in every chapter.’ Compulsive Readers

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The Mountain in my Shoe was selected as part of Portobello Book Blog’s Top Ten Reads of 2016. Portobello Book Blog

‘You don’t need big shocks to surprise. And this book is proof that sometimes the most simple imagery, the single pebble in your shoe feeling like a mountain, can capture spirit and meaning far more than a dramatic reveal ever could. Simply beautiful. A moving and hopeful 5 stars.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews 

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‘Louise’s book touched me so deeply, she has conveyed the emotions of a child within the care system with empathy, intelligence and real insight. I challenge anyone not to be totally moved by this book.’ The Mountain in My Shoe was selected as one of the books of 2016. Bloomin Brilliant Books

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‘If you ask me how did this book make me feel – I’d say it made me emotional, it made me cry and laugh and draw my breath in wonder at the resilience of the human nature and the inner strength that carries people through the most vilest circumstances. It made me angry at a system that doesn’t always care; it gave me hope that with the right support even those we consider the most damaged can always find a way back up again. This book is going to be with me a long time coming!’ Chapter in my Life

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‘Louise Beech so eloquently showed his resilience, desire to belong, and his ability to trust and love even though he had been let down by so many people in his life. Her writing struck a cord with me as it was elegant yet heartfelt. There wasn’t any complicated back and forth shifts in time or unreliable narrators (which I’ve grown very tired of);  this was a story that held drama, some mystery, suspense at the right times, and so much depth of emotions of caring people trying to make the best of their situations and hoping against hope there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.’ Its Book Talk

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‘The Mountain in My Shoe is the type of book to bring many different readers together to connect over something so wonderful and magical. There is nothing pretentious about this book, yet you do feel like you have read something worthwhile upon finishing it. I know the characters and this journey will stay with me for a long time to come. Do yourself a favor by purchasing a copy and treat yourself by becoming a part of this story that so many others have cherished.’ The Suspense is Thrilling Me

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The Mountain in my Shoe has been shortlisted for the Audible Sounds of Crime at the CrimeFest Awards.

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The Mountain in my Shoe was selected as one of the top 20 reads of 2016. My Chestnut Tree Reading

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‘This book has so many elements that made it such a special read, characters, settings, the attention to detail, the workings of the foster system all make this book something extra special. Louise Beech describes both characters and settings with such conviction the pages of this story come to life. Hauntingly poignant I really did not want this book to end, and I’m sure the characters will stay with me for a long time to come. On reflection The Mountain In My Shoes deserves all its hype and much more, would I recommend this book? Hell yes I will be recommending this book to everyone (who hasn’t read it yet!)’ The Book Review Café 

 

‘A stunning book. I found it incredibly refreshing to read something so beautifully written and emotive. Despite the themes of the book, do not expect this to be a gloomy or tough read, it really isn’t. It’s heart-warming and life-affirming and I will be recommending it to everyone I know.’ The Book Whisperer

 

‘You will want to read this book that is heart-wrenching at parts, makes you think you know what was going on, but has that twist to show you that you REALLY didn’t know what was coming. A book about life in system and what it means for a Man, Boy, Book and WHAT 1 woman has that can bring it all together.’ Nutty Reads Reviews

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‘The story of Conor develops in a heart-breaking series of different homes, and I don’t think there could be many people who would fail to be touched by what the little boy has gone through. And this of course is echoed by the equally heartfelt history of Bernadette we are fed throughout the story. Both lost and sad and searching for that relationship with someone special, I was thankful they had found each other. The Mountain in my Shoe explores who and what shapes us as people, it’s a story about love in whatever form that may take. A beautiful book.’ Woman Reads Books

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‘The majority of the book takes place over the evening that Conor, the book and Bernadette’s husband all went missing. The reader pieces the story together as the book goes along, and while some of it was pretty obvious, I loved just about every moment of reading this book. Apart from one rather large medical mistake, this book is pretty much faultless, Louise Beech is a fabulous storyteller with a real talent. I will definitely be reading How to be Brave soon.’ If Only I Could Read Faster

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‘Emotions are where The Mountain In My Shoe really excels, though. It had me in tears, it had me hoping for a happy ending, it had me on the edge of my seat at times, and wiping tears from my eyes at others. Every time I had to put it down, I looked forward to getting back to it. There is a warmth that runs through this tale, and the rays of hope stay with the reader afterwards.’ Barbara Copperthwaite

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The Mountain in my shoe gets s special mention in The New Books Magazine

‘The author plotted this story with the idea of women gently putting life’s shattered parts together to invent a different picture. Louise Beech created a tale of life in which weak and strong go together, tears and laughs are inseparable, things happen for a reason, and you can find beauty and solace where you least expect it. I cried, I smiled, I laughed, I was frightened, I felt sorry. I lived this story.’ Chocolate N Waffles

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